Inside CTO/CIO - March 7th, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Mar 7th, 2019)

Huawei sues, Microsoft nabs Africa cloud, RSA cofounder denied visa

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1. Huawei has filed suit against the United States for banning its products from federal agencies. In its press conference about the lawsuit, Huawei also accused the US government of hacking its servers and stealing emails, as well as blocking its ability to compete in 5G technology around the world. Meanwhile, former Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull told press why the AU barred Huawei and ZTE from providing equipment to the country's 5G network -- namely, that Australia was siding with the US. The interview was part of a BBC in-depth investigation examining the history and present of Huawei, calling it "the world's most controversial company." --ENGADGET

2. Microsoft opened its data centers in Africa to become the continent's first major cloud provider. Two Azure centers went live in South Africa this week; even though it's a year later than the company planned, Microsoft still beat Amazon -- which isn't expected to open its AWS infrastructure there until 2020. An IDC study expects public cloud spending in South Africa to triple in five years, with cloud adoption adding 112,000 jobs in South Africa by the end of 2022. Microsoft now has 54 regions worldwide, more than any other cloud provider. --ARS TECHNICA

3. The cofounder of both RSA and RSAC was denied a US visa and could not attend the conference this year. Adi Shamir was unable to take his usual seat on the Cryptographers' Panel at the RSA Conference in San Francisco this week. Shamir co-invented the RSA cryptosystem and cofounded RSA Security, which has run the RSA Conference since 1991. "If someone like me can't get a visa to get a keynote," he told the conference via video link yesterday morning, "perhaps it's time we rethink where we organize our conferences." It started the day on a sour note, as Shamir had applied for his visa two months ago and there was no clear reason his visa wasn't approved. --THE REGISTER

4. Apple’s employees are increasingly retraining for roles managing production-line robots, according to its 13th Annual Supplier Responsibility Report. The move to automation and robotics across the manufacturing chain is one of the report's bigger takeaways. In addition, the company took number one in the Corporate Transparency Index rating as well as receiving the 2018 Stop Slavery Award. CIOs take note: the report also brags that Apple has audited 1,049 of its suppliers across 45 countries. --COMPUTERWORLD

5. Today is World Book Day, making this review of The W.E.I.R.D. CEO: Leadership in the AI age especially timely. For the book's author Charles Towers-Clark, "weird" doesn't mean odd, explains ZDNet; instead it's an acronym for Wisdom, Emotional intelligence, Initiative, Responsibility, and Development. --ZDNET

6. Don't make the 10 common enterprise network mistakes that welcome attackers. In her concise RSA 2019 keynote, CEO Paula Januszkiewicz neatly laid out common mistakes organizations make when it comes to network and infrastructure security -- and explained how to fix them. --TECH REPUBLIC

7. France announced its plan to tax internet giants. In the country's effort to stop tax avoidance by multinationals, the 3% revenue tax will apply to digital companies (like Facebook and online services such as Uber) with global revenues of over 750 million euros ($848 million). --AP

8. Formjacking is an increasing risk for theft of company data for online retailers. The attack technique was used on 3.7 million websites in 2018, says Symantec’s annual Internet Security Threat Report. British Airways and Ticketmaster were formjacking victims; small to medium-size businesses are at risk. --FORTUNE

9. The Connectivity Benchmark Report 2019 confirms a new hard rule for CIOs: successfully transform, or lose revenue. Surveying 650 IT leaders, the report reveals 43% of organizations are using more than 1,000 apps business-wide, yet only 29% are currently integrated. --DIGIRUPT IO

10. Personalized B2B marketing messages can generate an 80% increase in customers clicking links, opening emails, or visiting your website. According to Gartner’s State of Personalization Report, understanding personal versus personalization can mean the difference between messing up your messaging, or meaningfully appealing to the widest possible audience. --GARTNER

This newsletter is curated and authored by author and reporter Violet Blue, who covers security and privacy for outlets ranging from CBS News and CNET to Financial Times and ZDNet. Ms. Blue has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN, she writes the Engadget column "Bad Password," and she is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet is on the Advisory Board for privacy nonprofit Without My Consent and a member of the Internet Press Guild. Find her sharing thoughts on Twitter @violetblue.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (managing editor at Inside, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review.) and Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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